We perform sacred Vrat, Puja rituals, dedicated to Lord Shiva, Goddess Parvati on Shravan Somvar Vrat or Solah Somvar Vrat, Shravan Shivratri Vrat or Phalgun Mahashivratri Vrat to get relief from Pitra Dosha.
Important Vrat and festivals/ Phalgun Maha Shivratri Vrat 2020
Phalgun Maha Shivratri Vrat or Mahashivratri Vrat will be observed on Friday, 21st February 2020.
Devotees observe fast, visit a temple, perform Puja, holy Jalabhishek or Rudrabhishek, offer Prasad to Lord Shiva, chant Mantra, perform Arti to get blessings from Lord Shiva on Phalgun Maha shivratri or Phalgun Mahashivratri.
We pray and seek blessings to get rid of Pitra Dosh effects, prolonged illness and achieve health, wealth, happiness and all round prosperity.
According to Hindu Panchanga, all the Mondays of Shravan are considered very auspicious and are dedicated to Shiva for worshiping and the Tuesdays of Shravan month are dedicated to Goddess Parvati for Puja (prayers).
Mangala Gauri Vrat is observed on Tuesdays of Shravan by women in India and Nepal for well being of their husband. Dates for Mangala Gauri Vrat are observed on Tuesday, the next day after Shravan Somvar Vrat.
Raksha Bandhan, Hariyali Teej, Nag Panchami, Mangala Gauri Vrat, Sawan Shivaratri Vrat, and Hariyali Amavasya.
Phalgun Mahashivratri Vrat, Puja and significance-2020
Maha Shivratri is believed to be the day of the marriage of Lord Shiv And Goddess Parvati. Phalgun Maas Shivaratri is one the most auspicious Tithi (day) for the devotees to worship Lord Shiva and perform Puja rituals in the month of Phalgun.
Phalgun Shivaratri Vrat 2020 commences for the devotees(Saiva and Vaishnav) on Friday, 21 February, Paran will be on Saturday 22, February 2020 (North India), this year.
This year’s auspicious Tithi of Phalgun Maha Shivratri is considered most auspicious as this is celebrated in the month of Phalgun.
During the month of Phalgun, Mahashivratri Vrat and Puja rituals are performed with great devotion in different parts of India and across the world.
This year’s Shivratri Vrat begins on February 21, 2020, continues till next day, i.e. on February 22, 2020 , in Variyan Yoga (daily Yoga) begins in the auspicious, Uttarashada/ Shravan Nakshatra, the devotees will be blessed with a victory over enemies.
Some devotees called Vaishnav in North India celebrate Phalgun Krishna Paksha Chaturdashi as Phalgun Maha Shivaratri.
Devotees who cannot observe vrat for full day and night, have their Satvik meal (vegetarian, without food grains)) only once in the evening after performing Puja and Arati.
How to perform Puja to please Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati
Observing fast and performing Puja on Phalgun Maha Shivratri/Shravan Shivratri and all the five Mondays in Sawan Maas.
It is performed with Dhatura, Belpatra (Belua-Patra), Belfruit Akshat(unbroken rice)flowers, fruits(Ber and other seasonal fruits), sweets for offering, Chandan, Dhupa-deep, Camphor for Aarti, Kusha grass for sprinkling, a spoon, offering Jal- mixed with Gangajal (Holy water), unboiled milk, sugarcane juice, Panchamruta(Honey, Ghee, Sugar, milk, and curd).
Chant Shiv Rudrabhishek Strotam/Stuti:
Chanting Rudrabhishek Stuti to please Lord Shiva will be helpful to those suffering from Pitra Dosha. Shivratri Puja should be performed at night also. Rudrabhishek Strotam is as follows:
Shri Shiv Rudrasṭakam
Namami shamishan nirvan rupam vibhum vyapakam Brahma veda swaroopam, nijam nirgunam nirvikalpam niriham chidakashmakash vasam bhajeham ||1||
Nirakar omkar mulam turiyam gira gyan gotitamisham girisham,karalam mahakal kalam kripalam gunagar sansar param natoaham ||2||
Tusharadri sankash gauram gabhiram, mano bhuta koti prabha shri shriram sphuranmauli kallolini charu ganga lasad bhal balendu kanthe bhujanga ||3 ||
Chalat kundalam bhru sunetram vishalam prasannananam nilkantham, dayalam mrigadhish charmambarm munḍa malam priyam Shankaram Sarvanatham bhajami ||4 ||
Prachandam prakrishtam pragalbham paresham, akhandam ajam bhanukotiprakasham trayaha shoola nirmulanam shulapanim bhajeham bhavanipatim bhavagamyam ||5||
Kaalatita kalyan kalpantakari sada sajjananandadata purari, chidananda sandoha mohapahari prasida prasida prabho manmathari || 6 ||
Na yavat Umanath padaravindam bhajantiha loke pare va naranaam na tavat, sukham shanti santap nasham prasid prabho sarvabhootadhivasam ||7||
Na janami yogam japam naiva pujam natoaham sada sarvada Shambhuha tubhyam, jara janma duhkhaugh tatapyamanam prabho pahi apannamameesha Shambho || 8 ||
For Jal-Abhishek or offering holy water to Lord Shiva, the water (Jal) should be added to the little amount of uncooked milk and put in the brass vessel (Jal-Patra) for Jal-Abhishek or offering holy water to Lord Shiva.
Note: Copper vessel should never be used as Jal-Patra for this Jal (milk and water), as it is considered contaminated.
The date for Jalabhishek or Rudrabhishek on Phalgun Maha Shivratri
For Jalabhishek or Rudrabhishek, the auspicious time begins at night on Monday, Phalgun Mahashivratri on Friday, February 21, 2020
Devotees and Kanwariya (people who carry Jal in Kanwar or holy pots for offering to God Shiva).
They visit holy temples of Kashi, Allahabad, Haridwar, Rishikesh, Ujjain, Char-dham, Trimbakeshwar temple, Baba Vaidanath temple in Devghar, Babulnath temple in Mumbai in India and the other cities of the world.
Shravan Shivratri Vrat and Puja 2020
Shravan or Sawan Shivratri is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Gauri (Maa Parvati). Shravan Shivaratri 2020 that falls during Shravan Maas(month) is also called Sawan Shivratri. Shravan Shivratri is being celebrated on Sunday, July 19, 2020.
This Shivratri is celebrated as Sawan Shivratri on Trayodashi in Shravan Maas in Eastern, central and North Indian states.
Shravan starts fifteen days earlier in North Indian states as people of these states follow Purnimant calendar. These states where Purnimant Lunar Calendar is followed are Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, and Rajasthan.
Shravan Shivratri Vrat, 2020/ Significance
Shravan, the fifth month of Hindu calendar is considered the most auspicious month for the devotion of Lord Shiva.
Sawan Shivratri is one of the most significant Shivratri as this day (Tithi) is believed to be the day of union of two great forces in the universe, i.e. Lord Shiva and Shakti (Goddess Parvati).
People observe fast, visit famous temples for performing Puja rituals and Rudrabhishek on this auspicious Tithi, in India, Nepal and other countries of the world.
Shivratri Puja blesses with good health, wealth, peace, prosperity and peaceful married life to the devotees.
Shravan Somvar Vrat/ dates, 2020
According to Purnimant Calendar the Shravan begins on 06, July 2020 (Monday).
There will be five holy Monday in the month of Sawan,(Shravan). The first Shravan Somvar Vrat begins on Monday 06 July 2020.
It will be observed in Punjab, Himachal, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Jharkhand, and all North India. The fifth and last Shravan Somvar Vrat is on Monday, 03th August 2020 (Purnimant calendar).
Devotees observe fast, visit a temple, perform Puja, holy Jalabhishek or Rudrabhishek, offer Prasad to Lord Shiva, chant Mantra, perform Arti to get blessings from Lord Shiva on all the Mondays of Sawan.
Those who cannot visit Shiva temple or perform Puja rituals on Shravan- Monday, may visit Shiva temple, perform Puja on any day during the holy month of Shravan.
Dates for five Shravan Somvar Vrat, 2020, based on Purnimant calendar
6th July 2020: 1st Shravan Somvar Vrat.
13th July 2020: 2nd Shravan Somvar Vrat.
20th July 2020: 3rd Shravan Somvar Vrat.
27th July 2020: 4th Shravan Somvar Vrat.
3rd August 2020: 5th Shravan Somvar Vrat
Dates for five Shravan Somvar Vrat, 2020, based on Amavasyant calendar are as follows:
According to Amavasyant Calendar the Shravan begins on 21, July 2020 (Tuesday) and the last day of Shravan is 19th August 2020.
In other states located in the south and Western India, it comes fifteen days later as people follow Amavasyant calendar.
Names of these states are Gujarat, Goa, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Telengana, Karnataka, and Tamil Nadu the Shravan month begins on Tuesday, 21July, 2020.
Shravan ends on 19th August 2019 based on Amavasyant calendar.
In Southern and Western Indian States the Shravan month beginning on Tuesday, 21 July 2020, the four Shravan Somvar Vrat dates(4 Mondays) are as follow:
27th July, 2020- 1st Shravan Somvar Vrat.
3rd August, 2020- 2nd Shravan Somvar Vrat.
10th August, 2020 – 3rd Shravan Somvar Vrat.
17th August , 2020- 4th Shravan Somvar Vrat.
19th August(Wednesday), 2020 is the last day of Shravan Maas(month)
Sawan Somvar/Shravan Somvar Vrat and significance
It is believed that the long-awaited desires of the devotees are fulfilled by observing Vrat and worshipping Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.
Keeping fast on all the Mondays of Shravan, performing Jalabhisheka, Rudrabhishek and Puja rituals during this month brings peace, prosperity, marital bliss, and good health to the devotees with the blessings of Lord Shiva.
Female devotees, mainly unmarried girls waiting to get married, also observe fast (Vrat) for consecutive sixteen Mondays or Solah Somvar Vrat, starting from the first Monday of Sawan, may get married soon with these remedial measures.
Some devotees have their Satvik meal (vegetarian) only once in the evening after performing Puja and Arati.
Also read: Manglik Dosha or Yoga
The significance of Solah Somvar Vrat or fast for sixteen Mondays
If you are facing denial of marriage repeatedly, you should keep fast for sixteen consecutive Mondays or Shravan Somvar Vrata, during Shravan month.
Perform Puja rituals, offer sacred water on Shivalinga in a Shiva temple and worship Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.
If you are facing denial of marriage repeatedly, you should keep fast for sixteen consecutive Mondays, i.e. Solah Somvar Vrat.
You may keep fast on Shravan Somvar, during Shravan month and perform Puja rituals, offer sacred water on Shivalinga in a Shiva temple and worship Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.
While in other states, which follow Amavasyant calendar, Shravan comes late by a fortnight, this Shivratri is observed in the Ashadh Maas, known as Ashadha Shivaratri.
These states are Maharashtra, Goa, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu